A Landscape Redone (via The Dirt)

This redesign of one-year old public landscape even before it was established leads to many questions, i.e. for who is the designer working: the client or the public?, to what extent did the client understand the design, and to what extent did the Landscape Architect respond to the clients needs – often it seems to me that our self appointed role as public culture arbiters is in conflict with the role we are employed in as designers.

A Landscape Redone Blair Kamin, architecture critic for The Chicago Tribune, said Chicago has greatly benefited from its recent high-profile landscape architecture commissions, including Lurie Garden in Millennium Park and the plaza at Trump International Hotel and Tower. While Lurie Garden created a "stylized prairie" in the midst of the city, the plaza evoked a "lush riverbank at the base of an enormous steel and glass skyscraper." Now, the Trump skyscraper's man … Read More

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Landscape Architects Take the Lead in Remaking Cities (via The Dirt)

Positioning Landscape Architecture at eh forefront of the rebuilding of cities and recognizing the role of more than just parks is needed to actually make a difference to how our cities are constructed and used:

Landscape Architects Take the Lead in Remaking Cities Robert Campbell, architecture critic for The Boston Globe, argues that landscape architecture is no longer just about creating pretty gardens and preserving expanses of forests and rivers anymore, but about reclaiming abandoned urban spaces and transforming them into new public spaces. "Landscape architecture is changing fast. Landscape architects are invading the arenas once dominated by architects and city planners." More and more, landscape ar … Read More

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